Ever wanted to try canning fish?
I don't really care for most fish. But Salmon?!? Oh we love salmon! Last time we were in Oregon we visited with a friend who supplied a
Salmon dinner. Real fresh non farm raised salmon. We also have a friend from Minnesota who brings us fish when he visits.
He is an avid ice fisher. I forget what kind he brings...
mmmmm but it is good!
Gotta love those friends!
A big thank you to Susan, one of my readers who graciously offered to take pictures of her canning fish sessions for this page.
I found these tested instructions from the NCFHFP here.
Fish must be prepared in 1/2 pints or pints.
Gather your canning supplies
First clean your fish, you'll need to remove the head, tail, all fins, and scales. Wash well and split fish
lengthwise. Cut fish into jar length pieces.
Soak your fish in a salty brine for 1 hour. 1 cup of salt to
gallon of water.
While fish is soaking gather all materials needed. Start your water heating in your canner. See pressure canning for more detailed instructions.
Drain fish for 10 minutes. You want to be sure it is well drained.
Pack fish into hot jars,(pints or half pints) skin sides out next to the glass. Leave a 1 inch head space. Do not add liquid.
Place lids and process according to pressure canning instructions.
pints or half
pints 1 hour 40
minutes at 10 pounds pressure
Don't forget to adjust for your altitude. Use the chart below.
|Adjustments for Pressure Canner|
|Altitude in Feet||Dial Gauge Canner||Weighted Gauge Canner|
I fell asleep while canning salmon in open water kettle and the water level was two inches below the top of the jars 4 hrs later. They sealed but are they safe to eat? or can I freeze the batch in the jars? this was 4 days ago. I have tried county extension and they don't have any one in that department.
Lois - WA
When you are canning any kind of meat including fish you really need to pressure can it. I can't give any recommendations regarding water bath canning salmon. I am sure that an extension office will tell you the same thing.
You would be safe freezing if you found the error right away (within 24 hours). In a case like that I'd freeze in freezer bags. However, since your fish has been out for 4 days, I don't believe it would be safe at this point.
In the future, you might try another extension maybe in a nearby town. That is what I do. I like to work with the lady at an extension office that is actually in the next town over.
Our local cooperative extension service recommended canning salmon at 11 lbs. for 100 minutes (1/2 pint jars). The pressure cooker is determined to stay at 15 pounds. Does that matter?
As long as you don't use less pressure than is recommended, you should be fine. If you were to be using a weighted gauge canner, then you would need to use the 15-pound weight. So I would think using that pressure on your dial gauge pressure canner should be okay.